Things To Do In Knik-Fairview

51% Off Helicopter Tour with Glacier Landing

Knik River

$335 $165

Helicopter tour flies guests over icebergs and Lake George before setting them on a glacier for 20-minute hike

50% Off a Mountain Tour via Plane

Willow Airport

$1,200 $599

Alaskan bush pilot flies visitors over Denali National Park's wilderness for dazzling views of Mount McKinley, glaciers, and native wildlife

Up to 53% Off at Palmer Golf Course

Palmer

$118 $59

Mountains embrace a valley course that abuts the Matanuska River; power carts carry players and their clubs over bluegrass fairways

Up to 55% Off ATV or Snowmobile Tours

Butte

$255 $125

Guides teach visitors how to maneuver ATVs and snowmobiles before departing for woodsy trails and snow-covered scenery

Up to 69% Off at Okamoto's Karate

Multiple Locations

$125 $43

Multidisciplinary-karate philosophy bolsters physical and mental fortitude in students of all skill levels

50% Off at Alaska Experience Theater 

Downtown

$57.90 $29

A 15-minute documentary commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 earthquake and plays in a theater that rocks to re-create the quake

Up to 73% Off Kids' Baseball Camp

Multiple Locations

$240 $95

Baseball camps emphasize fundamentals; the initial camp includes an appearance from former pro Steve Larkin from the Cincinnati Reds

Up to 86% Off Gym Visits or Classes

Downtown

$270 $39

Array of cardio machines complements group classes, such as Zumba, spin, and yoga, that occupy separate studios

Fred Astaire Dance Studio – 75% Off Dance Lessons

Anchorage

$142 $35

Experienced instructors teach couples how to ballroom dance through private, group, and practice lessons

Up to 60% Off at 907 Paintball

South Anchorage Sports Park

$80 $35

Paintballers with masks and markers navigate an outdoor field filled with inflatable obstacles for an adrenaline-fueled face-off

Up to Half Off at Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

Anchorage International Airport

$20 $10

Five hangars, three theaters, and more than 20 vintage aircraft give visitors a glimpse into Alaska's aeronautical past

Up to 54% Off Toddlers' Tumbling Classes

Anchorage

$60 $30

Tumbling classes help toddlers learn balance and coordination in a well-supervised environment

Up to 66% Off Classes at Urban Zen Yoga Studio

Downtown

$120 $49

Standard yoga, Vinyasa flow, and hot Vinyasa performed in a 95-degree studio

Up to 51% Off Bowling

Anchorage

$45 $22

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Bowlers send pins clattering in a 50-year-old bowling alley with Brunswick synthetic lanes, auto-scoring, and touchscreen controls

Up to 52% Off Guitar Lessons

Downtown

$60 $29

Instructors help students learn to strum tunes on guitars

51% Off Adult Cooking Class at Let's Cook Alaska

Sand Lake

$140 $69

Hands-on classes teach students techniques and terminology during the creation of an entire meal, which is shared at the end of class

Up to 82% Off Boot Camp at Core Fitness

Anchorage

$244 $49

Overcome fitness plateaus during boot camps led by ACE-certified personal trainers

Up to 77% Off Fitness at Dharma Hot Yoga

Midtown

$150 $35

Instructors guide students through hot-yoga sequences in 85–100 degree temperatures, intense Insanity fitness classes & Zumba dance-fitness

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The Musk Ox Farm director Mark Austin is the first to admit that Maple, a three-day-old musk ox calf, is the cutest thing in the world. Her thin legs take wobbling steps. Her fine fuzz tickles her giant mother’s belly. And when she ambles through the pasture after nursing, her bright pink tongue wags from the side of her mouth. And Maple is just the beginning: 11 more calves are on the way this spring season, and the farm will soon burst into a flurry of feeding, combing, inserting microchips, tending to mothers, and, of course, greeting visitors.

Though he acknowledges the endearing quality of a baby musk ox in spring, Mr. Austin worries that visitors to The Musk Ox Farm might get so caught up with the new calf that they miss the farm's larger project. “I’m trying to battle the perception we’re a roadside attraction. It’s not just about getting out of your car and snapping a photo of a musk ox for your Alaska photo album.”

Not that Mr. Austin hasn’t snapped a few photos of Maple himself. He simply hopes the spectacle won’t overshadow the nonprofit farm’s scope, which begins and ends with the animals themselves. Although the majestic species is about 600,000 years old, domestication efforts began only 60 years ago by Farm founder John Teal. Every spring, the several-hundred-pound animals shed their qiviut, a thick under wool, some of which the farm ships to the native knitters’ cooperative in Oomingmak. There, members knit the wool into delicate lacy garments that they eventually sell to supplement their subsistence lifestyle. So when Mr. Austin looks at Maple, he sees not just a huggable calf, but the source of positive economic change for rural native Alaskan women. “The animals are fascinating,” he says. “But it’s the big picture that gets me up in the morning.”

12850 East Archie Road
Palmer,
AK
US

Ever since The Alaska Club opened its first location in 1986, they've been striving to serve their members by adding amenities, classes, and opening new locations. Though each location’s offerings vary, they supplement their well-stocked fleets of cardio machines and strength equipment with cycling studios, climbing walls, basketball courts, swimming pools, and play centers for the kids. The club also offers spa services including hydromassage beds, tanning, and saunas.

Group fitness classes include yoga, step aerobics, and Pilates, and personal trainers stand at the ready to help clients focus on fitness goals. The clubs also offer swim lessons and summer camps for kids, setting in stone their commitment to making The Alaska Club a place for the whole family, not the half-formed family, which needs at least seven more years to gestate in the laboratory incubator.

12001 Business Blvd
Eagle River,
AK
US

What began as a colony farm built by the U.S. Army in 1935 became, by the mid-1950s, the childhood home of Reindeer Farm's head honcho, Tom Williams. After studying the habits of Scandinavian and Siberian reindeer herders in high school, Tom began to understand why the antlered creatures were considered the "cattle of the North": The brisk Alaskan climate suited their dense coats and languid presence at pool parties. In 1987, after years of practicing law throughout Alaska, Tom ventured to Canada to meet his first herd of reindeer, which he kept corralled next to a tiny sign and donation jar on the modest farm. Since then, that initial herd has blossomed into 150 reindeer, who graze beside 35 elk, 13 horses, one bull moose, and one surprisingly well-adjusted bison. Now a petting zoo, the farm has grown alongside the herd, with guided tours, scavenger hunts, and horseback rides treating guests to an up-close and hands-on experience with the majestic animals. Located in the colony's original chicken coop, a gift shop provides guests with any number of collectibles to commemorate their visits.

5561 S. Bodenburg Loop Rd
Palmer,
AK
US

Body Renew Alaska's 12 boot-camp sessions (three classes a week) help participants shed pounds and build muscle in a group fitness environment. Each one-hour session, available at four different locations, will push participants' workouts to the next level to produce intense results in one month. Augment your muscle chiseling with six months of full access to eBodyLive, where users can utilize a customized online food and workout journal and four one-on-one video chats with a nationally certified trainer who reviews and guides each fitness program. The workouts—sent as detailed instructions with video clips and images—can be sent to most phones, allowing participants to access their fitness regimen from the same device they use to arrange meetings of the Millard Fillmore Appreciation Society.

12400 Old Glenn Highway
Anchorage,
AK
US

The instructors at Alaska Kayak Academy share their love for sea kayaking by training and leading adventures in Alaska's rivers and coastal waters. Scheduled year-round, classes range from basic paddling instruction to deep-water rescue techniques. Guided trips cater to all levels of paddlers, with day trips along salmon runs and through the glacial ice of Prince William Sound. Rentals equip paddlers for independent exploration, refining skills, and humming quietly to themselves in peace. Alaska Kayak Academy also encompasses a store, where staff advise on gear such as new and used kayaks and the trendiest way to don a life jacket.

2201 E Palmer Wasilla Hwy
Wasilla,
AK
US

The thud of well-aimed balls precedes the satisfying crack of crashing pins, a sound that signifies victory for competitors spread across North Bowl's family-friendly lanes. A retreat for seasoned and novice bowlers alike, the alley keeps competitions balanced with lightweight balls and bumper lanes available upon request. Booming music and flashing disco lights herald a shift from open bowling to neon bowling—special sessions on Fridays and Saturdays when athletes face off or dance off in a nightclub atmosphere. Parties and leagues bond bowlers of all ages via lively recreation, and fundraisers enlist the sport to benefit worthy causes. On-site snacks and libations fuel sporty endeavors until closing time or the nachos gain self-awareness.

3250 E Palmer Wasilla Hwy
Wasilla,
AK
US